There goes protections for every one of the guano-cave micro-habitats in the Alabama coal strip. There are hundreds of caves that were left partially submerged when the American ocean receded, and almost every single one has fish and crustaceans that have since speciated from each other and live in populations of no more than maybe a dozen at a time. All it would take is a single dirty boot stepping into their pools to kill them all, and now we could see the land ceded to whoever promises to shit out the most toxic waste. I'd be a little less livid if we at least had the time to sequence their DNA and properly document them first, but endangered species research just isn't that efficient yet.The article said:"And, for the first time, regulators would be allowed to conduct economic assessments — for instance, estimating lost revenue from a prohibition on logging in a critical habitat — when deciding whether a species warrants protection"
Normally I don't care much for far-reaching environment protections, since most land has either been so thoroughly developed on that there's nothing left to protect, or the flora and fauna that would be protected have well-established populations in other ranges to begin with. Fucking with endangered statuses though, especially when it's solely out of economic interests and outright disregards the fact that the species in question are still endangered drives me fucking bananas.
As much as I'd like to care about what we can do about climate change, the unfortunate reality is that unless you can get China and India to stop belching out gazillions of tons of gaseous shit into the air at any given moment to support their multi-billion person strong plastic waste industries, no amount of protection elsewhere will curb the effects. I see little point in getting angry about the western regulations on emissions when any effort to lower them are subverted ten-fold by increases in the third world. The far more pressing concern is habitat destruction, which is much more easily prevented but in no way interests the politicians vying for oil and forestry money.Literally 97% of climate scientists, numerous scientific organizations, and peer-reviewed studies have reached the consensus that human-influenced climate change is real but sure, it's "fake." Let's also ignore the fact that climate change denial is funded and lobbied by the fossil fuel industry.